In order to avoid getting into trouble with the law, it's important to be up to speed with Ohio's new gun policy that goes into effect on March 23.
The new policies alter many of the state's pre-existing gun laws, including regulations on firearms and concealed carry licensing. Here are a few of the biggest changes that were identified by The Daily Advocate:
- If you obtained a valid concealed handgun license in another state you will be able to have that license recognized by the State of Ohio so long as the other state has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Ohio Attorney General, or the Attorney General determines that the other state's eligibility requirements are "substantially comparable" to Ohio's.
- New residents from states that have not entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Ohio Attorney General will have their concealed handgun license from another state recognized in Ohio for six months after the person becomes a resident, after which time the new resident must apply for an Ohio license.
- Ohio visitors who have a valid concealed handgun license from another state will have their license recognized in Ohio while the person is temporarily in Ohio, regardless of whether the state has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Ohio Attorney General.
- The amount of training time you need to obtain a concealed carry license certification in the state was reduced from a total of 12 hours to 8 hours, and the past provision requiring an applicant to be a resident of Ohio for at least 45 days and a resident of the United States for at least 30 days before applying for a license has been discarded.
- You can now purchase long guns, including rifles and shotguns, from federally licensed firearms dealers anywhere in the United States, instead of just Ohio and neighboring states as past law permitted. Additionally, gun buyers from other states will be able to buy long guns from dealers in Ohio. However, individual purchases still strictly must be made from residents of the same state.
If you find yourself facing criminal charges involving the state's gun laws or any other laws, it's important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away.